White House chief of staff Ron Klain has already been in communication with Indianapolis’ mayor, and Biden’s homeland security adviser, Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, is also in touch with law enforcement officials, according to the official.
Five people have been taken to local hospitals for treatment following the shooting. Police say they believe the shooter took his own life, and the FBI is assisting Indianapolis police with their investigation.
“Gun violence in this country is an epidemic and it’s an international embarrassment,” Biden said last week at the White House.
Biden’s recently unveiled executive actions include efforts to restrict weapons known as “ghost guns” that can be built using parts and instructions purchased online. The actions are limited in scope and Biden said they are initial steps to address gun violence.
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett tweeted early on Friday, “This morning, Indianapolis residents are confronted with the horrific news of yet another mass shooting, an act of violence that senselessly claimed the lives of eight of our neighbors.”
“As law enforcement works to learn more about this tragedy, our prayers are with the families of those whose lives were cut short,” Hogsett tweeted.